SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Cody Johnson is coming to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 along with newly added special guests, Clare Dunn and Jobe Fortner. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale now.
It’s Cody Johnson’s time. After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, to earn recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at Rodeo Houston, one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents finally agreed to sign with a major label. Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson –who’d turned down several majors before –to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making cred.
Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums –inspired by ‘90s country foundations, but built for the 21st century –has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio.
Now, one of country’s most-sought-after, formerly unsigned musicians is matched with one of Nashville’s most influential labels, at his peak with a traditionally-built sound just as country music is experiencing a ‘90s revolution.
Growing up in tiny Two Buttes, Colorado (population: 43), Clare Dunn spent countless hours driving tractor helping plow and plant the family farm, herd cattle and haul water, while simultaneously sharpening her ears on a wide range of uninterrupted music piping through her earphones.
She immersed herself in classic rock and country records — lots of Bob Seger, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger titles among them and, thanks to a background in competitive hip-hop dance, there was a lot of Top 40, Hip-Hop and R&B.
“Dance still informs so much about my songwriting and producing so when I’m making music, a lot of times, depending on the song, I think about it from a dance perspective: energy, movement, beats, musicality and phrasing,” says Clare.
Hailing from Dahlonega, Georgia, country singer and songwriter Jobe Fortner’s musical roots run deep. Alongside his family, Jobe grew up singing hymns in church and believed that “You didn’t have to be good…I think everyone felt the environment, room, music, and love…all of it translates directly to what I do today!”
When Jobe’s family moved to Monroe, Georgia, his passion for football had expanded and was a main point of focus. As a hobby, however, Jobe began to pick up a guitar and learned to play from his English teacher. Up to that point, most of Fortner’s life had been spent chasing his dream of playing football and was pursued following high school when he attended Emory and Henry College in Virginia. It is there where he ultimately would realize that music was his true calling! During this time, he continued to learn his craft by practicing and playing in his dorm room as well as playing small shows everywhere and anywhere he could. It wasn’t long before
Jobe caught the attention of Bradley Jordan (Peachtree Entertainment). Jordan heard him sing “Georgia” and immediately put him on a show with Luke Combs. “That’s where my desire to play music went from, I’m gonna try this to I’m gonna make this happen!”
His debut self-titled EP was released in early 2018 and sparked a different level of buzz for Fortner. It garnered the attention of other national acts which led to opening gigs for many artists including: Luke Combs, Riley Green, Toby Keith, Cadillac Three, Whiskey Myers, Cody Johnson, The Steel Woods, and Frankie Ballard.